This incredible destination goes by many names. The locals call it Gunung Rembau, while some may know it as Gunung Datuk. When you look at the signboards on your way in, you'd notice that even the spelling varies - Dato, Datok, or Datuk. Despite the many variations, one thing's for sure: Gunung Datuk is one of the must-see top attractions in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

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    Hiking at Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan

    Hiking at Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan

    Gunung Datuk Trail Map

    The distance of Gunung Datuk is approximately four and a half kilometres one way. The trail is well-defined except at the beginning which is relatively challenging, but you'll find that the climb after the first checkpoint is more bearable.  As you ascend, you will cross paths with loud howling monkeys swinging across treetops. Don’t be afraid to explore the dense jungle as the trails are marked with red and white or yellow tapes to guide you.

    As time passes, the slope gets less steep and in no time, a cool breeze welcomes you which is a pleasant reprieve from the oppressive humidity. Soon, you will arrive at an open area located just beneath the summit which is also a camping site among hikers. You will immediately be wowed by the large towering rock formations which marks the successful end of your hike up. Use the steel ladders for assistance to get you to the very top of the Gunung Datuk boulders.

    Once you’ve arrived at the summit, take your sweet time to rest and enjoy the breath-taking views. If you are fortunate enough to come on a clear day, you can even see as far as the Straits of Malacca.

    At this point, you may feel exhausted from the strenuous climbing, but thankfully the way down is easier. Be sure to relax your muscles and recharge for as long as you wish before starting your journey back down!

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    The climb after the first checkpoint is more bearable.
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    The trails at Gunung Datuk are marked with red and white or yellow tapes to guide you.

    Hiking Duration & Distance

    The distance to be covered is approximately 4.6 kilometres each way. However, the duration required to reach the summit and back down is very much dependent on your stamina. The average time to hike Gunung Datuk is between 2 to 3 hours. Seasoned and fit hikers can easily make complete the trail under 2 hours.

    Gunung Datuk Difficulty

    Some say this trail is easy, while others swear that it is very challenging and tricky. However, we highly discourage newbies from taking on this trail as it could be a difficult attempt which require a sizable amount of mental and physical preparation.

    Gunung Datuk Hiking Duration
    Gunung Datuk is approximately 4.6 kilometres each way

    Gunung Datuk Hiking Permit & Fees

    You will need to register yourself before starting your adventure. There is an entrance fee of RM5 and you have the option to hire a guide as well. If you wish to spend the night on the campsite, you need to pay an additional RM3 to pitch your own tent or RM5 to rent a tent.

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    Once you have arrived at the 2,900 feet summit, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful bird's-eye views of Rembau.

    Important Hiking Tips

    If you are new to hiking, here are a few tips for you to prepare yourself: 
    1. Go on a weekday if you wish to avoid the crowd.
    2. Bring enough water with you.
    3. Make your location known by updating your family members beforehand.
    4. Pack essential items such as sunscreen, map, first aid supplies, headlamp or flashlight, and insect repellent.
    5. Wear the right shoes and socks.
    6. Pack light and bring necessary items only.
    7. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
    8. Stay on the trails.
    9. Do not disturb wildlife.

    How to Get to Gunung Datuk

    If you are driving, simply follow Google Maps by keying in the following coordinates: 2.543582, 102.169123. Alternatively, you can also use Waze to get to the "Gunung Datuk Entrance". Bear in mind that the road leading to the Gunung Datuk parking space is very narrow and could only fit one car.

    Address: Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest, Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk, 71350 Kota, Negeri Sembilan.

    Be prepared to be mesmerised by the magnificent views upon arriving at the summit of Gunung Datuk. Don't forget to share your travel & dining moments with us on Instagram by tagging @rollinggrace or #RollingGrace. Happy travelling!